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exclamation point

noun
1.
the sign (!) used in writing after an exclamation.
2.
this mark sometimes used in writing two or more times in succession to indicate intensity of emotion, loudness, etc.:
Long live the Queen!!
3.
this mark sometimes used without accompanying words in writing direct discourse to indicate a speaker's dumbfounded astonishment:
“His wife just gave birth to quintuplets.”(!)
Also called exclamation mark.
Origin of exclamation point
1860-1865
First recorded in 1860-65
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  • My four days in Philadelphia have just been one exclamation point after another!

    Patchwork Anna Balmer Myers
  • I put an exclamation point there because we felt one when we saw the vessel.

    The Innocents Abroad Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • Selden has often gone by the name of the "exclamation point," since that time.

    Wreaths of Friendship

    T. S. Arthur and F. C. Woodworth
  • I know I've not honored you with so much as an exclamation point since my very first out-of-doors entry.

    Mavis of Green Hill Faith Baldwin
  • Each tree is an exclamation point, its branches short and numerous, rising toward the zenith.

    Trees Worth Knowing Julia Ellen Rogers
exclamation point in Culture

exclamation point definition


A punctuation mark (!) used after an abrupt and emphatic statement or after a command: “‘Help!’ he cried, as his boat floated toward the edge of Niagara Falls.”

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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